Some of the most agreeable moments of my life have been spent in reading works of imagination…
Some of the most agreeable moments of my life have been spent in reading works of imagination which have this advantage over history that the incidents of the former may be dressed in the most interesting form, while those of the latter must be confined to fact. They cannot therefore present virtue in the best and vice in the worst forms possible, as the former may.
Context: to Charles Brockden Brown
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